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Mary Eloise Johnson

JohnsonMary.jpgMary Eloise Johnson, 70, passed away Saturday, October 20, 2012 at her home in Shelton, WA after a year-long journey with cancer. She was born September 8, 1942 to H. Thomas Hesser and Charlotte Marion (Carmody) Hesser in Eureka, CA. After her family’s move to Hoodsport, WA, she graduated from Irene S. Reed High School in Shelton in 1961. She was married to Michael E. Kirk on August 30, 1963. They resided in Hoodsport and raised two daughters. Mary was married to Allard R. “Al” Johnson, on July 23, 1983. Together they built a beautiful blended family and a business, Cascade Forest Corporation, where they worked side by side for nearly 30 years.
 
Mary loved the sea and she and Al spent time cruising Alaska on the “Mary Beth”. She enjoyed reading, cooking and hosting Christmas Eve for her entire family. Memories of Grandma Mary’s Christmases will always be treasured by her family.
 
Mary is survived by her adoring husband of 29 years, Al Johnson, of the family home; daughters Shannon (Greg) Twiddy, Shelton, WA and Stefanie (Mark) McDougall, Hoodsport, WA; sons Michael (Julie) Johnson and Mark (Cindy) Johnson of Olympia, WA and Kevin (Karen) Johnson of Shelton, WA. Mary is also survived by her cherished 15 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her father, “Tom” Hesser, mother, Charlotte Hilligoss, step-father, Ralph Hilligoss, sister, Martha Tyynismaa and grandson, Ryan Johnson.
 
A celebration of Mary’s life will be held on Saturday, November 3, 2012 at 1:00 pm at the Hope Chapel, 421 West “E” Street, Shelton, WA. Arrangements by McComb Funeral Home.

 

Anna B. Benson

Benson_Anna_B.jpgAnna Belle Benson, 80, of Shelton, WA passed away on Saturday, September 29, 2012 at Fir Lane Health and Rehabilitation Center. Anna was born on October 4, 1931 in Des Moines, Iowa to David C. and Myrtle I. (Mitchell) Frazier. She attended Dunlap High School in Dunlap, Iowa. She married Don Holloway, ending in divorce and married Cliff Benson in Kitsap County, WA on June 9, 1966. Anna was a homemaker and worked her own farm. She was a member of the Silver Spurs Riding Club where she met her late husband Cliff through their love of horses. They took horseback riding trips into the North Cascades to hunt for deer and elk each year. Her life was based around her farm where she raised calves, had many horses, grew a garden and canned her bounty. She also entertained at the Girl Scout Camp and was a starting member of Adopt-a-Pet in Shelton.
She is survived by her stepdaughter, Irene Goldsby, Shelton; stepson, John Stephens (Patti), Shelton; sister Edith Frerichs, Sioux City, IA; brothers, Ed and Fred Frazier, Dunlap, IA; seven grandchildren, 13 great grandchildren and three great-great grandchildren and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
She is preceded in death by her parents, husband Cliff and brothers Paul and Duane.
Inurnment will be at Shelton Memorial Park. Donations can be made to Adopt-a-Pet, 941 E. Jenson Rd. Shelton, WA 98584. The family was served by  McComb Funeral Home.

 

Grace Ernestine Fenske

Fenske_Grace.jpgGrace Ernestine Fenske, 94, died Saturday, September 29, 2012 at Alpine Way Retirement Center in Shelton, WA. She was born April 19, 1918 in Marshfield, WI to Clyde and Orilla (Michaelis) Leonhardt. Grace received her education in the Wood County Public School; Marshfield’s McKinley High School and Wood County Teachers College in Wisconsin Rapids. She taught rural one room schools for six years. Grace married Marvin Fenske in Vesper, WI on June 3, 1929. When Grace was two months old she went to Bismark, ND with her parents where they worked for a wheat and cattle rancher. In the following December of 1918 during the height of the World War I influenza epidemic, both parents died, Orillia’s sister, Cora took charge of returning the eight month old Grace and the bodies of her parents to their home city. Grace was cared for by her mother’s sister, Elsie Poppy and her family.
At Elsie’s death three years later her daughter Irene, continued her care. At five years of age Grace was taken to Grandmother Michaelis to be cared for. She began school in Bakerville and in the middle of grade two, Cora and her new husband, Bernard McTavish became her legal guardians. She lived with them until her marriage.
Grace and her husband Marvin were dairy farmers until 1962 when they moved to Washington State. After settling in Shelton she worked at the nursing home for six years and at Mason General Hospital for 15 years. She helped her husband develop  a U-Cut Christmas Tree operation on their Cloquallum Road farm which they ran for about 20 years and used draft horses to give rides. At the on-set of Marvin’s illness, they moved to a retirement village in Shelton; the farm was sold after his death.
Grace was a member of Mt. Olive Lutheran Church. She had a passion for gardening and shared the bounty of her garden. Her hobby was making quilts for charities. Grace also enjoyed wagon trains, camping, traveling in their motorhome and volunteering at Son Rise Outreach for years.
Grace is survived by her grandchildren, Rob Daley of Shelton, WA, Steven Tomfohrde of Duluth, MN , Richard Tomfohrde (Karen) of Minneapolis, MN, Sharon Pearson (Roger) of Shelton, WA and six great grandchildren.
She is preceded in death by her parents, Clyde and Orillia Leonhardt, husband, Marvin Fenske and daughter, Mary Hoepfner. Memorial contributions may be sent to Son Rise Outreach, PO box 661, Shelton, WA 98584.
An inurnment service will be held at Shelton Memorial Park on Friday, October 5, 2012 at 11:00am. The family was served by McComb Funeral Home, Shelton, WA.